Want the fun of analog audio however the comfort of wi-fi audio system? Victrola has an possibility for you: at CES, the corporate is introducing a brand new turntable known as the Stream Onyx that’s able to streaming information straight to a Sonos system.
The Stream Onyx is licensed for Works With Sonos, which means it may wirelessly transmit audio to Sonos audio system. As a consequence, you may simply play vinyl information via your whole Sonos system with no need to put in any additional gear. Instead, you utilize the Victrola app to attach the turntable to your Wi-Fi and Sonos system.
This is Victrola’s second Works with Sonos turntable, following final 12 months’s $800 Stream Carbon. The Stream Onyx shaves that value down a contact — to $599 — by shaving off some finer particulars within the course of.
The Victrola Stream Onyx shares a number of highlights from the Stream Carbon that my colleague Jennifer Pattison Tuohy praised in her overview. There’s an illuminated bodily quantity knob that you need to use to manage your Sonos speaker’s quantity whereas enjoying vinyl information and whereas streaming any music via your system. Both are comparatively small as turntables go, so you may transfer and play information round the home fairly simply.
The large distinction between the 2 is available in supplies and end. The Stream Carbon’s management knob, faceplate, and inlay are constituted of steel, whereas most of these components on the Stream Onyx are constituted of thick molded plastic. It additionally has a carbon tonearm, whereas the Onyx’s is steel. However, the two-speed, belt-driven turntables each have a steel platter.
The Stream Onyx additionally will get a barely inexpensive cartridge. It’s outfitted with an Audio-Technica VM95E transferring magnetic cartridge, whereas the Stream Carbon options the Ortofon Red 2M. The VM95E retails individually for round $69 versus round $99 for the Red 2M.
Finally, the Victrola Stream Onyx is totally black, whereas the Victrola Stream Carbon is a mixture of black and silver.
The Victrola Stream Onyx shall be accessible within the US in late February. You can preorder it from Victrola.com and retailers like Amazon beginning on January seventh. Victrola will even begin promoting the Stream Onyx in Europe later in 2023.
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